Bilal Hamze: Prisoner is charged with crime boss’s murder

Breakthrough in alleged execution of one of Australia’s top crime bosses as a prisoner is charged with murdering Bilal Hamze more than a year after he was gunned down outside restaurant

A man has been charged with murdering Sydney crime boss Bilal Hamze in Sydney’s CBD.

Hamze was gunned down in a hail of bullets on Bridge St in Sydney’s CBD by a man in a black Audi in June last year.

The 34-year-old gangster was treated at the scene before being taken to St Vincent’s Hospital, where he later died. 

The Audi was later found burned-out at Northwood, on Sydney’s North Shore. 

Following extensive enquiries by the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, Samuel John Rokomaqisa, 32, was arrested at Silverwater jail on Tuesday and charged with murder. 

Bilal Hamze was shot dead on Bridge St in Sydney’s CBD last June after exiting a Japanese restaurant with a young woman. Scene shot above

Rokomaqisa was remanded in custody on unrelated charges, and will appear at Downing Centre Local Court later on Tuesday. 

Last week, police said Sydney underworld figures had been registering stolen cars in the names of unknowing people, before using the vehicles to carry out heinous crimes. 

Police investigating the killing of Bilal Hamze and a plot to kill his brother Ibrahem Hamze in North Sydney last year said they had recovered cars they believed were used in both incidents. 

They appealed to the public to help find a silver Ford Territory with registration AQ 58 ES.